Chanida Phaengdara Potter

Chanida Phaengdara Potter (she/they) is a mother of two mini humans, community storyteller, and cultural change strategist. She was previously the vice president of strategic communications & narrative change at Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. Prior to that, for a decade, she was the nonprofit founder & executive director of The SEAD Project (Southeast Asian Diaspora). Before joining philanthropy, she worked more than 15 years in nonprofits in cultural organizing, resource mobilization, community engagement, program design, and strategic communications– locally, nationally, and in Southeast Asia. She has a BA in Global Studies and Communications from the University of Minnesota and a MPA from Hamline University. She’s also author of the first Southeast Asian anthology called Planting SEADS: Minnesota Diaspora Stories. She’s co-led many multiracial coalitions and initiatives on data equity, ethnic studies, anti-deportation, police abolition, intersectional feminism, media justice, and healing justice. She has been on boards and advisories for Twin Cities Media Alliance, Legacies of War, Lao Center of Minnesota, Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation. Her work has been featured on Twin Cities Daily Planet, Asian American Press, The Uptake, Minnesota Public Radio, MinnPost, Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, Radio Free Asia, Voice of America, Vox, NPR, NBC; among others. She currently resides in the Chinook/Pacific Northwest region with her small family and considers Dakota/Minneapolis and Vientiane, Laos her forever homes.